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Limpopo murder-suicide case. Image: iStock

Limpopo man shoots his ex-girlfriend and daughter, then himself

Limpopo provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said they were “saddened” at the loss of life.

Menlyn Maine suicide

Limpopo murder-suicide case. Image: iStock

Police in Limpopo has confirmed that a 38-year-old man killed his ex-girlfriend and her 11-year-old daughter, before shooting himself, on Saturday.

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According to police, the man, identified as Muzi Ndlovu shot and killed Carmen Cloete, 34, and Lee Cloete, 11, before turning the gun on himself at Leana Hof, Bela-Bela. Ndlovu went to Cloete’s house and without saying anything he fired several shots at the woman and her daughter.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said when police arrived at the scene, all three were certified dead by paramedics, as reported by IOL.

“The suspect allegedly went to the victim’s house at about 12:00, and apparently, without saying anything, fired shots at the woman and her daughter before killing himself,”

said Mojapelo. 

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According to Mojapelo, Ndlovu stole his friend’s gun. Police are investigating an inquest, cases of murder and theft, and possession of an unlicensed firearm. Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said they were “saddened” at the loss of life. 

Mojapelo says that they are saddened by this tragic incident. This is as innocent lives continue to be lost at the hands of men who seem to be inclined to commit acts of Gender Based Violence at any moment the relationship collapses.

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“People experiencing relationship challenges are urged to seek assistance and desist from resorting to extreme violence,” says provincial police commissioner Thembi Hadebe.

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The #EndDomesticSilence initiative, run by Joko in partnership with People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa), recently saw 55 gender-based violence (GBV) survivors across South Africa complete training on various skills.


As previously reported by The South African, the thinking behind the initiative is that by providing survivors with skills to generate an income, they are more likely to speak out and report abuse if they ever experience it again because they aren’t financially dependent on their abusers.

Thandiwe McCloy, Powa’s communications manager, says many women are stuck in abusive relationships because they depend on the perpetrator to survive.

“Having skills assists them to break the cycle of abuse, grow their confidence, unleash their potential and develop hope in the future,” she adds.

“I’m happy the first group of survivors have completed their training. Some service providers have offered to provide ongoing mentorship, which is great.”